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Littlehampton RNLI diverted from initial call to assist in search.

Lifeboats News Release

Littlehampton’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renée Sherman and volunteer crew were already out at sea responding to a 999-telephone call from a member of the public at 9.58am on Saturday 24 June, reporting that a leisure craft with two male adults onboard, appeared to have broken down.

Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renee Sherman heading out tosea.

RNLI/Ray Pye

Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renee Sherman heading out to sea

During the journey to the scene the lifeboat received a VHF report that there was a person in the water, just off the shore at Sea Lane, Ferring. Following a conversation between the lifeboat and the UK Coastguard the lifeboat was diverted. Both Shoreham lifeboats had also launched to assist in the rescue along with a coastguard helicopter that had been scrambled. On arrival at the scene it was confirmed that the person had been recovered from the water and was in the care of the paramedics and police. Both Shoreham lifeboats were stood down and returned to their station and the helicopter returned to its base.

Littlehampton lifeboat returned to its initial task of assisting the broken-down leisure craft. The casualty had remained at anchor at the original location, a quarter of mile south of the harbour entrance. The lifeboat crew rigged up a tow line and the casualty was towed back to Littlehampton Harbour, where it was safely secured alongside Town Quay. The lifeboat returned to the station at 10.52am where it was made ready for service.

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